The Raspberry Pi makes a great home server. But it also makes a solid hardware development platform for makers if your needs go a bit beyond the capabilities of the Arduino, and you don’t need something quite as capable as the BeagleBone, or another ARM-based board designed specifically for talking to hardware.

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But if you’ve just got your Pi and are not sure where to start, here are 10 things to connect to your Raspberry Pi, with links to tutorials and code from the guys at Raspberry Pi Sky.

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Alasdair Allan

Alasdair Allan

Alasdair Allan is a scientist, author, hacker and tinkerer, who is spending a lot of his time thinking about the Internet of Things. In the past he has mesh networked the Moscone Center, caused a U.S. Senate hearing, and contributed to the detection of what was—at the time—the most distant object yet discovered.

  • Arvydas

    What about a BlinkStick too if you want an easy solution to display notifications on LED?

  • Javier S.

    I only see six of them, not ten.

  • ac

    11) A VGA monitor. No, wait, we forgot the VGA-out port. Oops.

  • taco

    VGA is going the way of the floppy disk.

    • Keith

      Yeah but the pi is great for poor people who are more likely to recycle in example use a hand me down or junked VGA monitor I myself have recovered a few perfectly functional (lcd no less) from others trash and there are a lot

  • openenegymonitor

    How about making the Pi into a powerful home open-source energy monitoring logging and visualisation server.

  • katie shelly (@interkatie)

    the left-right buttons on this slideshow are moving up and down as the image height changes and its makin’ me crazy

  • Liz Quilty

    I’m also only seeing 6 – got another 4?

  • rocketguy1701

    I’m with Katie, how much money do we need to throw at you to put a cap into these UI-dysfunctional slideshows? (props for putting a view all button there, it’s almost noticeable).

  • Terre Tulsiak

    umm,,,,virtual fight club?!! (what you’re working on- cause ,,,you know…)

  • Matthew Hill (@mat_hil)
  • Peter Flanagan

    I have a arduino magazine board with a
    3.2 touch screen I looking for a drag and drop softwear forprogramming